A national convening of artists, organizers, and allies inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. 


You're invited! Join hundreds of fellow artists, activists, educators, policy-makers, students, dreamers, healers, truth-tellers, and allies for CULTURE/SHIFT 2018! This intercultural, intergenerational gathering will bring people from across the country for skill-building, relationship-building, and engaged learning, deepening a movement for cultural democracy. CULTURE/SHIFT 2018 is hosted in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Department of Cultural Services and New Mexico-based arts and social justice organizations. Together, we will create, explore, and amplify strategies for cultural healing, resilience, and resistance.

What are the leverage points for shifting from a consumer culture rooted in isolation and inequality to a creator culture rooted in community and equity? How can Citizen Artists sustain presence, well-being, and hope in challenging times? How can we organize in our own communities and across the country to bolster support for cultural activity that cultivates empathy, equity, and social imagination? Through 45+ participatory workshops, performances, plenaries, and art-making events, we’ll explore themes such as migration, indigenous cultural rights, climate justice, public memory and commemorative justice, ethics of community-based arts, community development/displacement, and much more. 

Plus, stay an extra day for Indigenous Comic Con and the legendary Muertos y Marigolds Parade! SLIDING SCALE registration includes all programming, lunch on both days, morning refreshments, and opening and closing parties. 

Limited number of tickets still available. Registration closes on Friday, Oct. 26th.

see you in New Mexico!

 Participants at CULTURE/ SHIFT  2016 in St. Louis.

Participants at CULTURE/SHIFT 2016 in St. Louis.

CULTURE/SHIFT 2018 is possible thanks to the support of many:

host Partner


City of Albuquerque Department of Cultural Services (Dr. Shelle Sanchez, Director)


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Anonymous Donor, Hemera Foundation, Tecovas Foundation, McCune Foundation, Carroll Petrie Foundation, Fractured Atlas, and University of New Mexico

Local Host Committee